Announcement / Statement

The Elders Call for European Leadership on Climate Change [viewed]

theelders17 March 2014: Ahead of the European Council meeting, Desmond Tutu, a South African social rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner, and Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland, both members of The Elders group, published an opinion piece in which they call on the EU to exhibit strong climate change leadership, emphasizing the economic benefits of doing so.

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CCAC Co-Chair Recognized as a Global Woman Champion [viewed]

CCAC7 March 2014: The Global Connections for Women foundation (GC4W) recognized distinguished international women leaders and global women champions for their commitment to women, youth empowerment and leadership at the International Women's Day Awards Gala. Bahijjahtu Abubakar, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) Co-Chair, was among those recognized.

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Achim Steiner to Head UNEP until June 2016 [viewed]

Achim Steiner7 March 2014: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has re-elected Achim Steiner to an additional two-year term as Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), following a nomination by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 25 February 2014 (A/68/770). 

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Former UNFCCC Executive Secretary Appointed GGGI Director-General [viewed]

Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) 3 March 2014: Yvo de Boer, former Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and current KPMG Global Chair of Climate Change & Sustainability Services, has been appointed Director-General of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). De Boer will begin his four-year term on 15 April 2014.

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First-ever World Wildlife Day Celebrated [viewed]

wildlifeday3 March 2014: World Wildlife Day was recognized by the UN as a day for the international community to celebrate wildlife, its relationship with people, and to find pathways for a sustainable future where people and wildlife can coexist harmoniously. The first-ever World Wildlife Day is being celebrated on 3 March 2014. 

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Federated States of Micronesia Accepts Doha Amendment to Kyoto Protocol [viewed]

UNFCCC19 February 2014: The Federated States of Micronesia has become the seventh party to the Kyoto Protocol to accept the Doha Amendment, which formalizes commitments for the period 2013-2020, the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol.

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European Parliament Tightens Car Emissions Regulations [viewed]

European Union 25 February 2014: The European Parliament has endorsed a new target of 95g carbon dioxide (CO2)/km for 2021, which will be averaged across the entire new car fleet sold in the EU. This is a reduction of 27% compared to the 2015 target of 130g CO2/km.

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OWG Co-Chairs Compile 19 'Focus Areas' [viewed]

owg21 February 2014: The Co-Chairs of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have assembled a list of 19 'Focus Areas' for consideration by Member States as they seek to identify SDGs and accompanying targets. In a letter accompanying the Focus Areas, released on 21 February 2014, Macharia Kamau (Kenya) and Csaba Kőrösi (Hungary) write that further action in these areas is necessary to build "prosperous, peaceful and resilient societies that also protect the planet."

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UNECE and FAO Pledge Continued Cooperation on Forests [viewed]

FAO UNECE6 February 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have reaffirmed their commitment to forests through the adoption of the UNECE-FAO Integrated Programme of Work on forests.

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Former New York City Mayor Appointed Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change [viewed]

blooberg-ban31 January 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, with the aim of raising political will and mobilizing action among cities as part of the Secretary-General's long-term strategy to advance efforts on climate change. 

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